In case you didn’t know, Jimmy Eat World are set to release their newest album ‘Surviving’ in just TWO DAYS time! With that being said, we have an exclusive interview from Tony for you guys to read. Let us know in the comments if you’re excited to hear the new album!
Jimmy Eat World are back, with their 10th studio album ‘Surviving’, set for release on Friday 18th October 2019. With the release, Jimmy Eat World will be playing some intimate launch shows, one at The Leadmill in Sheffield on 17th October, and then two shows in London – Banquet Records on 19th October and Metropolis Studios on 20th October. Opening with a gritty guitar intro, followed by a simple drum beat, the title track brings listeners straight in to the Jim Adkins [lead vocalist and lead guitarist] philosophy for this album: “Surviving explores some of the different kinds of weights my ego tells me I have to carry, what I see people around me choosing to carry and what I have found to be the truth when I chose to let go”. Hearing this song for the first time made me feel like I had heard it before. It sounds like a Jimmy Eat World song, and that is a huge compliment. If after 10 albums a band are still making songs that sound like they did on their first few albums, yet still have a fresh feel to them, then they are clearly on to a winning formula, and that also shows off Adkins skills as a songwriter.
Moving straight in to track two, ‘Criminal Energy’ is a high energy song with catchy guitar riffs and vocal melodies that will stick in your mind for days to come. The only bad thing I can say about this song is that I wanted it to be longer. The run time for the track is just over three minutes, but it is so addictive that it is easy to put the track on repeat to get your fill.
I’m a firm believer that the key to a successful album release is track order. Open with a track to pull people in, then have something deliver some energy, and then slow it down and give listeners a breather. This is exactly what Jimmy Eat World have done, with the next three songs being slow and emotional.
The second half of the album kicks off with the lead single ‘All The Way (Stay)’ which is a happy-feel-good track, perfect for blasting loud on a sunny day. The song itself highlights and praises the positives of letting people discover the real you while exposing your vulnerabilities. It is also includes backing vocals from Rachel Haden and a saxophone solo that give the song an almost 80s movie soundtrack vibe.
The rest of the album is full of nostalgic “emo” sentiment, and includes the second single, a newly recorded version of ‘Love Never’ which was originally released last year as a limited edition vinyl-only single. The song shows a classic slice of Jimmy Eat World in a three minute rush of towering guitars and rushing drums, covering the topic of the realities vs expectations of love. The album finishes with a 6 minute atmospheric anthem which is the type of song to get crowds going at live shows. There is a bit of an experimental breakdown half way through, which might surprise some fans, as it doesn’t sound like part of the same song, but then the lyrics kick back in and you are brought back in to the immersiveness of Jimmy Eat World.
Surviving is the proof no one needed that Jimmy Eat World can still sell out venues, headline festivals and scoring top 10 albums. This album is great for older fans and the new generation who will fall in love with the band just like all of us once did.
The album was produced by band and Integrity Blues producer Justin Medal-Johnsen.